Anat Gesser-Edelsburg, PhD is a senior lecturer (tenure), head of the Health Promotion Program at the University of Haifa’s School of Public Health, and founding director of the Health and Risk Communication Research Center at University of Haifa. Lately she was elected to serve as a member of the university’s senate. Her areas of research include health and risk communication, positive deviance, social marketing, persuasive communication, health-promotion programs, entertainment-education and qualitative research.
Dr. Gesser-Edelsburg is associate editor of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness journal. Her most recent book, Risk Communication and Infectious Diseases in an Age of Digital Media, was published on 2016 by Routledge Studies in Public Health. She has won more than 20 research grants at a total of $2,200,000, among them TellMe and Asset, two EC-funded research grants. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals.
She graduated the Faculty of the Arts at Tel Aviv University with a BA (summa cum laude, 1997) and PhD (with distinction, 2002). For her postdoctorate research (2006) Dr. Gesser-Edelsburg was awarded the Vidal Angel Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research against Hate and Bigotry at the Minerva Center for Human Rights, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Law.